National water restrictions now in place

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JOHANNESBURG – Countrywide water restrictions will be in effect from today, according to Department of Water and Sanitation.

Consumers are urged to use this precious resource sparingly, and to cut their water usage by 15 percent.

But don't let that spoil your festive season fun – here are some water-saving tips:

 

Water tips in and around the house:

  • Turn the tap off between washing your face, brushing your teeth or shaving.                                       
  • Taking a short shower a day, instead of a bath, can use up to a third of the water used bathing, equating to a weekly saving of 400 litres of water.
  • Showering can use up to 20 litres of water a minute.
  • If you prefer to bath, do not  fill the bath tub because baths use between 80 and 150 litres of water each.
  • Kettles should not boiled to the brim but with just enough water for your needs. This will reduce your electricity bill too.
  • Reducing the toilet flush volume alone can save 20% of total water consumption.
  • Fix a leaking toilet otherwise it can waste up to 100,000 litres of water in one year.
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  • Use a bucket rather than a hose to wash your car.
  • Group plants according to their water needs and mulch around them.
  • Water gardens less frequently, but water well. Using a garden hose could use as much as 30 litres of water a minute.
  • Roof water can also be profitably stored in tanks, for watering gardens.
  • Use "grey" water from baths, washing machines and other safe sources to water your garden.

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